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SMEs' External Technological Information Network Diversity and Sales Growth : The Mediating Impact of the Productivity Improvement and the Moderating Effect of the Technology Development Driven by CEO

중소기업의 외부 기술 정보 네트워크의 다양성과 매출 성장 : 생산성 향상의 매개 효과와 최고경영자가 주도하는 기술 개발의 조절 효과

  • Received : 2017.07.25
  • Accepted : 2017.09.20
  • Published : 2017.09.28

Abstract

This research empirically analyzes not only the direct impact of the external technological information network diversity of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on the sales growth from their technology development but also the mediating impact of their productivity improvement and the moderating effect of the technology development driven by CEO on this direct impact in order to deepen the research stream on SMEs' external technological information network. Based on the ordinary least squares regression by using 2,200 data of South Korean SMEs, this study reveals the three findings. First, SMEs' external technological information network diversity positively influences their sales growth from technology development. Second, SMEs' productivity improvement partially mediates this positive influence of the external technological information network diversity. Third, SMEs' technology development driven by CEO moderates the positive influence.

Keywords

SMEs;External Technological Information Network;Productivity Improvement;Sales Growth;Technology Convergence;Technology Development Driven by CEO

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